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Incompetent Design

December 9th, 2005

Via DKos, this scientist makes an argument which by itself knocks the so-called “Intelligent Design” theory completely off the stage. He points out that our “intelligently” designed bodies are not quite so intelligent: there are many flaws in our construction which can only be explained by evolutionary processes. These same flaws make absolutely no sense in a creationist paradigm. Our pelvises slope forward, for example, a throwback to a time when we did not stand erect, but used our knuckles to aid in walking. We have too many teeth for the size of our mouths, a product of a shortened muzzle or snout. The appendix and tonsils are unnecessary. And a list of other problems on top of these.

Certainly, a good examination of the structure of the human body would reveal a number of things that make no sense if it were supposed to be a pinnacle of design–or even a mediocre design, but well-built. These imperfections do not make sense if you assume a designer–but they make perfect sense if you assume an evolutionary process. This is similar to the fact that the universe is built in a way that contradicts a 6,000-year-old cosmos. The universe that we observe demonstrates light that has been traveling towards us for billions of years, and a momentum that points to a big-bang beginning about 14 billion years ago. Why would God create a universe with such built-in contradictions? Would He really construct a universe full of light heading toward us as if it had already been traveling for eons? The best (though pitiful) explanation is the whole “God is testing us” theory. But if God is omniscient, then He would have no need of tests. And if the test is purely for us, then isn’t it kind of an unfair test? Or did God imbue us with with the quality of reason as a cruel joke?

I prefer to believe that the universe we live in and the bodies we inhabit are not a tissue of lies.

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  1. Brad
    December 9th, 2005 at 14:39 | #1

    You’re doing it again … trying to use logic against an issue of religion. I’ve done that once or twice, but it’s useless when the other side can just say ‘because!’ or ‘faith!’ and feel that they’ve … WON!!!! … the agument in doing so.

    Sometimes I think our bodies would have been made much more efficient if we’d been constructed out of nuts, bolts and tin. Any blemishes, just panel-beat them out. Broken foot? Just unbolt and hook up a replacement. Use solar power for fuel. Go in for a tune-up every 10,000 years or so. Much better and longer-lasting than this awkward fleshy stuff that has built-in obsolescence after three score years and ten.

  2. ykw
    December 10th, 2005 at 04:40 | #2

    I think some religous folks believe everything we have, good and bad, goofy and elegant, is due to God.

  3. Frank
    December 20th, 2005 at 15:16 | #3

    If you want a great example of Creationists gone nutso, try the http://forums.mymotherlode.com/showthread.php?t=701 thread and also the “If they won’t Believe, SUE!” fiasco here: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/12/12/MNGBNG6N2K1.DTL&hw=christian+suit&sn=001&sc=1000

    Evolution has massive amounts of evidence to support it.

    Creationists have no need for mere evidence, they have Religion!!

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